MONDAY, OCTOBER 15
Book Launch: Joan Retallack at the Kitchen
To celebrate the launch of Joan Retallack’s new book, The Supposium: Thought Experiments & Poethical Play in Difficult Times, the Kitchen is hosting an event featuring screenings, performances, and readings by various participants in Supposium 2014, an afternoon at MoMA, of which Retallack was an organizer, that considered Plato’s Symposium through thought experiments and a procedural performance game. Among the artists, writers, and poets who will show or read work to mark the new publication, which grew out of those efforts, are Adam Pendleton, Beverly Semmes, Charles Bernstein, Fred Moten, Omar Berrada, and Simone White.
The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, 7 p.m.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18
Opening: Virginia Jaramillo at Hales Gallery
For the debut exhibition at Hales new primary New York space, the gallery presents a show of new paintings by the Mexican-American abstract artist Virginia Jaramillo. For around six decades, Jaramillo has been refining a painting practice inspired by archaeology, science fiction, and hidden cultural histories. Her forthcoming show takes a focus on hand-drafted geometric shapes informed by current sites of ancient ruin, primary in the Middle East and Mexico. The end result is a series of black-and-white paintings that feel at once prehistoric and otherworldly.
Hales New York, 547 West 20th, 6–8 p.m.
Opening: Dayanita Singh at Callicoon Fine Arts
For this exhibition, Dayanita Singh creates a pop-up bookshop where her “book objects”—hybrids of photography books, catalogues, exhibitions, and art objects—are offered up for sale. Along with her art books, other souvenirs and mementos from the artist’s past projects will be on view. Singh’s Pothi Box, an unbound book of 30 image cards held together by a wooden structure, will be displayed for the first time in the show, which works, in part, to upend traditional models of gallery exhibitions and “democratize the acts of collecting and curating.”
Callicoon Fine Arts, 49 Delancey Street, 6–8 p.m.
Opening: Jeffrey Gibson at Sikkema Jenkins & Co.
“I AM A RAINBOW TOO” is Jeffrey Gibson’s first show with Sikkema Jenkins & Co., and the first exhibition to focus on his painting practice since 2010. The new works on display—six large-scale paintings, a small-scale triptych, and a seven-part piece—brim with the bright colors, patterns, and geometric abstractions for which the artist is known, and Gibson has also integrated text into these artworks using a typography he developed. Selected lyrics from songs he heard at nightclubs in Korea, Germany, Chicago, and London in the 1980s and 1990s appear in many of these paintings. Two punching bags and two tapestries will also be featured.
Sikkema Jenkins & Co., 530 West 22nd Street, 6–8 p.m.
Performance: Stíne Janvin and Lucy Railton and James Rushford at 55 Walker Street
This Blank Forms–curated program running in conjunction with the exhibition “Henning Christiansen: Freedom is Around the Corner” presents two performances, each inspired by that influential Nordic avant-garde composer. Stíne Janvin’s Hyggelic Opus is a text-based piece made for live and recorded voice that examines the Danish language and culture of hygee, which loosely translates to “a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being.” Lucy Railton and James Rushford anchor a program of ensemble performances of Christiansen’s early output, which in part rejected the then-popular modernist form known as serial composition in favor of a less cantankerous brand of experimental music.
55 Walker Street, 8 p.m., Free with RSVP
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19
Exhibition: “Morandi, Sironi, Carrà” at Center for Italian Modern Art
For its first-ever group show, the Center for Italian Modern Art presents an exhibition in conjunction with the Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan that centers around a fleeting, transitional period in European art that starts at the tail end of Cubism and Futurism and runs up to a return to more classical themes and painting modes that became known to some as Metaphysical painting. Spanning just four years of output, the show features rare pieces from Giorgio Morandi, Mario Sironi, and Carlo Carrà, alongside a more known work by Giorgio de Chirico.
Center for Italian Modern Art, 421 Broome Street, floor 4
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20
Talk: “Man Machine” at Performance Space New York
Performance Space New York will be hosting a talk and music and video showcase by Underground Resistance, the Detroit-based music group, techno label and collective. UR was formed in the late ’80s to produce music out of the ordinary and rooted in black identity and artistic expression, “steeped in afrofuturist mythology, techno positivism, and black class struggle,” according to a statement for the event. A Q&A session with UR members John Collins, Mark Flash, and Cornelius Harris will follow the talk, which will be moderated by sound artist and sculptor Kevin Beasley.
Performance Space New York, 150 First Avenue, New York, tickets on event website
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21
Exhibition: Bruce Nauman at MoMA PS1 and Museum of Modern Art
The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 will jointly stage a retrospective of American artist Bruce Nauman. “Disappearing Acts” will include prints, drawings, photographs, architectural installations, film, and other media spanning the artist’s five-decade career. The comprehensive exhibition, which was closed at Schaulager Basel in August of this year, will fill all of MoMA PS1 and the sixth floor of the Museum of Modern Art. In a statement, its lead curator, Kathy Halbreich, said, “Nauman has spent half a century devising new forms to convey both the moral hazards and the thrill of being alive . . . at a time when the notion of truth feels increasingly under attack, Nauman compels viewers to relinquish the safety of the familiar, keeping us alert, ever vigilant, and wary of being seduced by easy answers.”
Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, New York; MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City
Town Hall: “Art, Disability, and Labor” at Brooklyn Museum
October is National Disability Empowerment Awareness Month and to commemorate it, the Brooklyn Museum, along with Art Beyond Sight and Fair Share Task Force, will be be hosting a town hall titled Art Disability and Labor. In addition to community-centered discussions concerning issues of activism for artists with disabilities, there will be an exhibition featuring artists Jordana Bernstein, Kevin Quilles Bonilla, Shannon Finnegan, Jerron Herman, Jeff Kasper, Marissa Perel, Anthony Ptak, Gordon Sasaki, and Madison Zalopany.
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, free with RSVP